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Labor Nominee ‘Settles’ $6K Tax Liens

From a strangely inquisitive USA Today:

Husband of Rep. Solis, Labor nominee, settles tax liens

By Matt Kelley, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — The husband of President Obama’s Labor secretary nominee paid about $6,400 Wednesday to settle tax liens that had been outstanding for as long as 16 years against his business, the Obama administration told USA TODAY this afternoon.

The disclosure came shortly before a scheduled 2 p.m. meeting of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which will vote on Rep. Hilda Solis’ nomination as labor secretary. The hearing was postponed; no reason was immediately revealed

Solis’ financial disclosures list Sayyad’s business, Sam’s Foreign and Domestic Auto Center, as one of the couple’s main assets, worth between $50,000 and $100,000. The disclosure form Solis filed after her nomination also lists bank accounts containing between $250,000 and $500,000.

Solis and Sayyad were unaware of the liens until USA TODAY asked about them Tuesday, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said. He said Sayyad paid about $6,400 to Los Angeles County on Wednesday to settle the liens, but he plans to appeal.

Vietor said Sayyad believes he had already paid all of his taxes in full. He said Solis had no reason to know of the liens because her husband’s business is a sole proprietorship…

Committee Republicans have held up Solis’ nomination since she appeared before the committee last month, in part because of questions about her service as an unpaid board member and treasurer of a pro-union nonprofit, American Rights at Work. The group’s disclosure reports with the Senate say it spent $110,000 in 2007 and $200,000 in 2008 on lobbying, primarily to support legislation Solis co-sponsored that’s designed to make it easier for unions to organize.

Solis did not list her board membership as required on her House financial disclosures. In written responses to questions from Republican committee members, Solis said the omission was "an unintentional oversight" she had corrected last month by amending her reports with the House clerk’s office…

Eleven of the tax liens seek delinquent county taxes on unsecured property, which includes business equipment other than real estate. Two liens, from 1994 and 1996, are for $1,255 in unpaid state sales taxes. The remaining two, from 1994 and 1995, are for $786 in unpaid county health and safety permit fees.

Some of the liens were more recent. For example, two of the tax liens for unsecured property were issued in the past four months: One for $97 in December and another for $701 in November, the records show…

Of course Mrs. Solis will be confirmed, anyway. She is a Democrat.

Besides, the SEIU will never allow her not to be confirmed. After all, they have bought themselves the Presidency.

Still, don’t you wish you only had to pay your taxes when you were caught? Or when you were about to get some lucrative government appointment?

Maybe that should be added to the “Rangel Rule.”

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 5th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Labor Nominee ‘Settles’ $6K Tax Liens”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    What is The One ™ up to now? 4, 5. BTW has anyone openly seen The One’s ™ tax records – maybe that is why he keeps picking tax cheats – he thinks everyone does it.

  2. TheChicagoWay says:

    Didn’t Joe the Plumber have a tax lien? Funny how we know about THAT….

  3. Consilience says:

    I hope more of the thug president’s choices have tax problems, because the more of this crap that comes to light, the more “The One” will come into focus as the Chicago political hack that he is…

    BTW, Tapper really took Gibbs to the mat this afternoon. The One may just hold the briefings himself, in lieu of an ignorant besotted follower…anyone remember W rushing the camera’s so often—hell, I’m starting to think he’s drinking Chucky Schumer’s favorite liquor! That nitwit runs to the first bank of microphones he sees and holds forth his bilge.

  4. curvyred says:

    Another unpatriotic (according to Joe Biden – since it is patriotic to pay higher taxes) selection by BO – it really does stink!

  5. EvaTheFrisbeeDog says:

    Very good point Chicago (Where the shortest distance between two points is an angle.)

    I’m sure someone’s said it before, but the Dems really don’t mind confiscatory tax rates since they don’t don’t pay them.

  6. DANEgerus says:

    Yet… no one is concerned that the wife of a Union leader is to be appointed to the executive branch as Secretary of Labor?

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